When in doubt, don’t. These timeless words of wisdom were passed to my wife from her Grandmother and they are now being passed along to our son.
If only our federal government could be counted on to follow rules as well as my eight year old son does, all would be good. In order to secure our Liberty the way a homeowner might secure his home, the founders put the Tenth Amendment into the constitution to act as our fence.
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people“.
Using those words, the founders said to the federal government, “When in doubt, don’t”. The main body of the Constitution establishes the front gate by which Congress was invited to act on our behalf. Most of the delegated powers are listed in Article I, section 8. When the Congress establishes laws on these matters, it is acting as an invited guest. However, when the Congress establishes laws on matters which have not been delegated to it, it is climbing over the Tenth Amendment fence, erected to secure our Liberties. At those times, the Congress is trespassing against the states and against the people.
Unfortunately, our representatives in Congress seem less able to accept their proper limits than my eight year old. This leaves us with a dilemma.